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    This is an opportunity for:

    SNIS Executive Tier 1 staff reserve position in the ODNI
    An internal candidate to fill a SNIS Executive Tier 1 cadre position.
    A Federal Government employee to serve on a two-year reimbursable detail assignment in the ODNI. The detail assignment may be extended an additional year if all parties agree.
    Who May Apply

    Only Senior Service (SNIS, SES, SIS, DISES, DISEL) candidates may apply. GS employees may not apply.
    Former members of the Peace Corps may be considered for ODNI employment only if five full years have elapsed since separation from the Peace Corps.

    This is an opportunity for a SNIS Executive Tier 1 staff reserve position in the ODNI. Staff reserve appointments are time-limited appointments made for a period of up to 3 years, with a possible extension up to 2 additional years.
    For a cadre assignment:

    Current ODNI permanent cadre.

    For a detailee assignment:

    Current Federal Government employees. Only Senior Service (SNIS, SES, SIS, DISES, DISEL) candidates may apply. GS employees may not apply.Salary Determination

    The ODNI uses a rank-in-person system in which rank is attached to the individual. A selected ODNI candidate or other Federal Government candidate will be assigned to the position at the employee's current GS grade and salary.
    A current Federal Government employee, selected for a detail, will be assigned to the position at his or her current grade and salary.
    Component Mission

    The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) is an independent activity within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and is aligned with ADNI/AT&F. IARPA's mission is to envision and lead high-risk, high-payoff research that delivers innovative technology for future overwhelming intelligence advantage. IARPA addresses cross-agency challenges, leverages expertise from across academia, industry and the IC Community, and works transition strategies and plans with other agency partners.

    The Chief Scientist provides expert leadership and oversight to ensure that IARPA-funded projects meet the organization's standards for high-risk, high-reward research and adhere to the highest scientific standards. The Chief Scientist supervises and provides expert advice to IARPA Program Managers (PMs) on research programs, seedlings, studies, and prize challenges. The Chief Scientist ensures that IARPA's portfolio aggressively pursues innovative, scientifically sound, applied research projects.

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    Major Duties and Responsibilities (MDRs)

    • Impact IARPA Program success in the formulation of technical strategy and execution of high-risk/high-payoff research programs.
    • Maintain technical awareness of major technical and scientific developments in areas relevant to IARPA, both within and outside the IC.
    • Maintain awareness of deficiencies in current scientific practices (as indicated by the reproducibility crisis) and promising ways to improve scientific practices (e.g., open science, pre-registration, better statistical practices).
    • Lead the review of proposed research programs to ensure that IARPA's portfolio is ambitious and scientifically rigorous.
    • Supervise and provide expert advice to PMs, and expert reviews to IARPA leadership, on New Starts, Broad Agency Announcements, and biannual Program Reviews.
    • Build and maintain collaborations with other Government science organizations, including those outside the IC, to encourage sharing of data, results, and infrastructure, improve scientific practices, and to reduce unnecessary duplication of research. Attend NISTC portfolio reviews and related meetings.
    • Attend meetings, as appropriate, to ensure that science is properly represented in IARPA processes.
    • Along with PMs and other Chief Officers, continuously work to recruit new Program Managers.
    • As directed by D/IARPA, act as Source Selection Authority for selected seedlings and programs.
    • Represent IARPA in inter-agency discussions related to key IARPA research thrusts.
    • Identify and promulgate best practices in the review of scientific proposals.
    • Represent IARPA on the IC Post-doc Review Panel and other IC-wide S&T award panels, and encourage submissions by IARPA technical staff.
    • Encourage the dissemination of scientific results through policies and practices that encourage open publication of data and findings.
    • Organize and manage Communities of Practice, comprised of PMs with subject matter expertise in key areas of interest to IARPA, and leverage the expertise of those communities to support evaluations of new and existing programs

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status


This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/491693000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.